BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Liz Baker Murrill, Louisiana’s current and first solicitor general, has announced her bid for the Louisiana attorney general’s seat. She made the announcement on Monday, Jan. 23.

Murrill has been the solicitor general for the past seven years, defending Louisiana laws in state and federal courts.

“I was raised to cherish family, friends, community, hard work, free enterprise, and our shared history. My grandparents and parents passed to me these principles and a desire for leadership that values strengthening and lifting up our economy and local communities. I’ve always believed in the individual rights that are preserved in our state and federal constitutions and believe we must be diligent in protecting our personal freedoms and educating future generations about why they are important,” she said in a news release.

Murrill holds a journalism degree from LSU and graduated from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert School of Law in 1991, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review. She also has a L.L.M. (Master of Laws) from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School.

Murrill wants to expand the attorney general’s cybercrime unit that investigates child pornography and has defended Louisiana’s abortion laws in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jeff Landry currently serves as the attorney general, the state’s chief legal officer. If Murrill is elected, she would be the first female attorney general in Louisiana.

Louisiana voters will be able to cast their ballots for the next governor, attorney general, lieutenant governor and state treasurer during the Oct. 14 primary and Nov. 18 general elections.